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Comment: Re:Apple is what MS always wanted to be (Score 1) 327

by kelemvor4 (#48398229) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

The difference is choice.

In the Apple model, yes, they have built that walled garden. Yes, they are generally sealed units with limited upgrade options. But with Apple in 2014, they're just one vendor among many viable alternatives. Depending on who you ask, they're somewhere between 8% and 15% of the market. That leaves a huge selection of alternate vendors from which to choose.

Microsoft, lest anyone forget, is a convicted (unfortunately never punished) monopolist. Is the late '90s they had something like 98% marketshare. In MS' world, you have no choice but to submit to his will and his ecosystem. You would not be free to leave and switch vendors because there would be no alternatives available. And while Gates may have recently been able to buy them a better reputation with his so-called charity work; you're a damn fool if you think he is anything but a viciously ruthless businessman who wanted nothing less than complete dominance over you.

Hmm.. I kind of hate defending Microsoft after having spent so much effort supporting the MS boycott. However, locking you into hardware vendors was never a MS thing. MS generally did their evil by forcing companies to sell MS and no alternative OS based products. They also did their thing buy stealing competing software outright. In the 90's there were thousands of examples on the now defunct (the url was but no more) boycott site where the evil was being documented.

Bash MS, yes. But do it for valid reasons or you just shoot holes in your cause.

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 392

Minimum basic cable price (if I don't want to sell my entire soul to the cableco) where I am is $39.48 + $3.99 for a converter box

They blatantly lie and claim that the box is "necessary" "because digital", but it isn't. The real reason they want you to use the box is because of their unilateral insistence on encrypting even the signals that you'd otherwise be able to get unencrypted from an antenna anyway, so that they can charge you a rental fee. But even then, it still isn't necessary because you can get a CableCard instead.

When I had cable TV (only because the TV + internet bundle was cheaper than internet-only that year), I refused the box (and refused to be charged for the box) as a matter of principle.

I used a cablecard for a few years. You still have to rent the card, although in my case it was $1 cheaper than a box. They still get to know what you're watching. You have to provide "guide" services somehow, as cablecards don't include that functionality.

Depending on where you live or who your provider is you may be able to get analog cable despite the claims. My local cable company tells you that it's digital only and you must have a card/box. My dad plugged his coax straight into his tv (which does not have or support a card) and he gets about 100 channels. So, I say try plugging the coax in and find out what is really what.

Comment: Re:Hipsta mode activated (Score 1) 145

by kelemvor4 (#48269447) Attached to: Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

Reminds me of the gratuitous bong-rip philosophy you see on Ashton Kutcher's news site A+, which is bizarrely one of the most-viewed websites in the US.

Never heard of it before.

And who or what is Ashton Kutcher?

He's an American actor. Did a tv program called "that 70's show". I think he does chick flick type movies now, not really sure.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 145

by kelemvor4 (#48262037) Attached to: Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

And I care about one more crappy corporate-controlled portal site why? Other than the "will they set up a GeoCities page next"-esque shock-value that any company in 2014 still believes their customers give the least damn about their ISP's home page, of course. If Verizon doesn't want news about the ways the intelligence community and Verizon conspire to rape us all, hey, their portal. And if I want actual news, hey, not their portal. It all balances out.

TFA made it sound like they were hiring "reporters" (sounded to me more like bloggers) who are actually writing content rather than running a portal.

Comment: Re: Friends (Score 1) 367

by kelemvor4 (#48070585) Attached to: Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

I don't know about you, but I don't think I could properly evaluate it if I had to avoid browsing to any website where I might need to enter a password, or unzip password-protected zip files, or, well, do anything that would involve me entering a password.

Why would you use a pre-alpha release of ANY os on your main computer? Or you can download the ISO, enter the key (it's all over the net), and set up an entirely fake user account. It's not like Microsoft has the same "real names" policy as facebook.

Somehow I suspect that pirating something that's being exposed for how much it phones home might not be the smartest idea in the world.

Comment: Re:Comcast & Warner Cable Bullshit (Score 1) 132

by kelemvor4 (#48069563) Attached to: FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

As long as Comcast and Time Warner are competing with each other, Netflix can say "Well Comcast only charged us this much, can you lower your price?" to Time Warner.

And Time Warner will say "How nice that Comcast is giving you a break. But if you want access to our customers -- which you cannot get from Comcast -- then this is the price."

Well, maybe one day unicef will get into the extortion business. Until then, we're the people to see. Do you want access to our customers or not?

Comment: Re:Given my current install experience with TWC (Score 1) 132

by kelemvor4 (#48067767) Attached to: FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

I can't support this merger given how horrible my current experience is with TWC. They've been to my house 6 times over 8 weeks and still no service. I've missed neatly 3 full days of work. It's not like I have another option either. One customer service rep canceled my order accidentally and had to start a new order.

Make sure you file a complaint with the FCC. You must know that the FCC isn't reading slashdot comments. Here:

That does not compute.